Fill your days with enriching and exceptional activities that bear minimal impact on the natural environment.
Whether you are after slow paced activities or seeking adrenaline, New Zealand has fabulous responsible and eco-tourism options on offer!
From sailing in the Bay of Islands to hiking the remote Routeburn Track, bungy jumping in the Adventure Capital, biking through organic vineyards in central Otago, visiting Te Papa Museum in Wellington, star-gazing in an international dark Sky reserve or walking a native forest with a Maori guide to learn about their belief and way of life…
We’ll take you there and amongst it all.
Kayak – Wilsons Abel Tasman
Location: Kaiteriteri, Abel Tasman
Revive, refresh and reconnect with nature while paddling in the heart of the Abel Tasman National Park. You will wander around golden beaches, forested coves, lagoons and wildlife sanctuary islands crowded with seals & birds. Whether you opt for an easy half day paddle or a multi-day tour, you will be enchanted by the beauty of the Park. Greenz Travel favourite: the award winning 3 days guided Kayak & walk experience which combines the best of everything! Walk the isolated northern beaches and lush forest between Totaranui and Onetahuti, kayak the sheltered waters between Onetahuti and Kaiteriteri and stay in Historic & Eco Lodges nestled in the heart of the Abel Tasman National Park. Create long-lasting memories with this rejuvenating and sustainable experience!
Otago Central Rail Trail “One Day Wonder” – Bike it Now
The Otago Central Rail Trail is New Zealand’s Original Great Ride. The trail follow the route of the former Otago Central branch railway line. The self-guided Poolburn Gorge Section is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the trail. It cuts through the Raggedy Range that separates the Manuherikia and Ida Valleys. Highlights of this section of the trail include the 37m high Poolburn Viaduct, two tunnels, the trails longest bridge and Central Otago stunning landscapes.
You also have the option to take a side trip to historic Ophir before cycling down Tiger Hill to the Chatto Creek Tavern. Relax and refresh yourself at the Tavern and we collect you from here, or you can carry on to Alexandra and we will pick you and your bikes up from there.
There are no steep hills, but you will need to be fit enough to ride up to 50km.
Cycling Distances : Auripo to Chatto Creek: 29.5km or 34.5km with Ophir side trip
Or Auripo to Alexandra: 46.5km or 51.5km with Ophir side trip
Routeburn Track 1 Day – Guided Walks New Zealand
Walk a section of this world-renowned tramping track, winding through the Routeburn gorge along the crystal-clear Routeburn river in picturesque Mt Aspiring National Park. You will begin your walk by crossing the swing bridge over the river, then gradually ascent through a magical world of ancient ferns, mosses, lichens and beech forest. Explore forgotten paths of the Maori, as your group travel along old greenstone trails, finding enchantment around each corner. Just 2.5 hours down the track, the woodland parts to reveal the rich grassland of Routeburn Flats, overlooked on all sides by cloud-scraping mountains. The Flats is a pristine site to stop for lunch, before walking back. The songs of native and migratory birds welcome your return to the forest, and a plentiful array of species will accompany your journey back to civilization. Guided by an impassioned local who has lived and worked in this environment for years, you will Look, Learn and Understand the nature, wildlife and history of the place.
In The Air
Tandem Paragliding Queenstown – Sky Trek
Tandem Hang gliding or Paragliding is one of the low-footprint breath-taking adventure activities you can experience while visiting Queenstown. With departure all year round, you can enjoy the most incredible flights as the seasons change in one of the most scenic places in the world. Launching above 3800 feet, your pilot will gently guide you through the steps required to become airborne so you can enjoy the beautiful and peaceful views from Coronet Peak across the Queenstown Surrounds. Engine free, by skillful exploitation of sources of lift, your pilot will help you gain height, climb and glide in the sky. The professional & highly experienced team of tandem pilots will ensure your experience will be one to remember!
Nature & Wildlife
Peninsula Encounter – Elm Wildlife Tours
Location: Dunedin, Otago Peninsula
This award-winning eco-tour is the highlight of many visitors’ trip to New Zealand. Your guide will take you to some of the most spectacular wildlife spots, inaccessible to others, providing a glimpse into the world of conservation. This tour offers unrivalled close-up viewing of estuarine and marine wildlife and brilliant opportunities to photograph Hooker’s Sea lions, rare Yellow-eyed Penguins, Blue Penguins, a breeding colony of New Zealand Fur Seals and other sea bird colonies. Add a tour to the Taiaroa headland, where Royal Albatross are seen flying most days.
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Explore the Waimangu Valley and experience spectacular volcanic craters, hot water springs, beautiful geothermal features and rare and unusual plant life amongst regenerating native forests. Choose from a 1.5km to the 4km full walk (complimentary shuttles available between stops). Immerse yourself in the stories of the Mt Tarawera volcanic eruption, its people, and the resulting dramatic landscape changes that created the world’s youngest geothermal valley. Enjoy views of mysterious and beautiful Inferno Crater which rises and falls as it heats and cools. See the delicate sinter terraces growing from minerals, solidifying out of the hot spring water. Watch tiny springs and geysers play. Waimangu Volcanic Valley is also home to Frying Pan Lake, one of the largest hot water springs in the World. This bubbling world will blow you away!
Small Guided Tour
Coast & Rainforest Day Tour – Bush & Beach
Location: Auckland West Coast “Waitakere Ranges”
This full day CarboNZero eco-tour is for nature lovers! The black sand beaches and rainforest of West Auckland are unique in New Zealand and this tour will take you on a range of rainforest, beach and clifftop walks. Enjoy breath-taking panoramic views over the rainforest back to the city and across to Auckland’s southern harbour. Wander around an original rainforest where ancient kauri trees tower over the unique trees and plants that have developed separately from the rest of the world for millions of years. Stroll along the soft black sand beach where you can watch the surf waves crashing in and feel the clear ocean breeze. Walk a clifftop track with views along the coast and out across the Tasman Sea. Walk in regenerating rainforest alongside a picturesque stream to unwind by a spectacular cascading waterfall. A refreshing and unique nature experience with exceptional scenery.
Maori Cultural Overnight Experience – KohuTapu Tribal Tours & Lodge
Journey right off the beaten track to Murupara, an isolated part of the Bay of Plenty on the foothills of the Te Urewera National Park. Surrounded by dense native bush, deep flowing rivers, and lush farmlands, Kohutapu Lodge is owned and operated by a local Maori family. The Ngati Manawa tribe have lived here for centuries and their culture still thrives… This is a fantastic example of how sustainable tourism can support a community and its culture.
You will discover a history and a culture not yet touched by the hand of commercialism. Together with your Maori Guide, you’ll explore a Maori art Cave, learn how Ngati Manawa ancestors protected a land rich in resource and breath-taking beauty, and listen to the stories of mystical protecting creatures. You will also visit a waterfall and learn how the tribe protect the local eel, a main source of food for the people. Join your hosts at the lake edge lodge and help with the preparation of your traditional ground cooked Hangi dinner, before enjoying a selection of optional afternoon activities (eeling, fishing, kayaking, cooking…).
As the day closes in, our aunties will teach you to weave your own dinner plate out of flax. After your feast, retreat to your own cabin for a night in the village.